Cruises, those calm, quiet luxurious gateway to the sea. Who doesn’t love such exotic rides through the roaring seas Though cruises are best enjoyed on a vast ocean or sea, rivers and estuaries are a formidable avenue as well. These short cruises offer maximum enjoyment with minimum hazard. As most of them are of a short duration of 4-5 days you don’t feel sea-sick and can enjoy the ride.

Southern Indian with its rivers, tributaries, estuaries and backwaters along with a cool pleasant climate makes an ultimate destination for these types of cruises. Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India which hosts the famous Vivekananda rock is the ideal point for cruises in this region. Being surrounded by sea from all sides – the Indian ocean in the south, the Arabian sea in the west and the Bay Bengal in the east; it is a gateway to other islands as well.

Here we are concentrating on some interesting cruises along the Kanyakumari coastline on the southeast coast of India. The trail of these cruises covers places like Kollam, Kovalam, Cochin, Trivandrum. Here we are depicting some memorable cruising options.

Enjoy the Leisurely Afternoons Along the Backwater of Alleppey

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Alleppey resides at a distance of mere 250km from Kanyakumari and takes about 6hours to reach there by road. The preferred mode of transport to Alleppey is by a house boat from Kollam and then ending the trip at Kanyakumari beach to soak in the sunset air.

The cruise ride is one of the major attractions of Alleppey, which operates for 21 hours all through the year. Doze off while watching the beautiful sunset from your houseboat. Night long stays are also available. Apart from nature and its wonders, the place also offers a range of delicious foods specially fish items and local market selling exquisite items.

The Enthralling Kochi Backwater Cruise

Cochin
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Another way of beginning the cruise trail is from Kochi, the erstwhile port city Cochin. Here one can cruise through the enthralling Thottappally lake set amongst tropical greeneries. The trail takes you through the Thottapally river which opens into the Arabian sea. While you are at it don’t miss the quaint little village Kanjipadam. Opt for canoes if you want to visit the intricate hidden parts of the backwater or else enjoy your day on the house boat.

Explore the Richness of The Poovar Backwater Cruise

Poovar
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Many of us have heard about Kovallam, Kanyakumari, and Trivandrum but how many of us know of the relatively uninhabited tropical land Poovar. This serene village is located in a backwater in Trivandrum. With its tropical charm, mangrove vegetation, beaches, and lakes, Kovallam is an ideal place to unwind. This small village is all decked up with tropical trees like bananas and mangrove vegetation. The unexplored golden beach is a nature lover’s paradise and as for the Neyyar lake, it is sheer beauty. Cruises are available from Kovallam, Kanyakumari and Tirvandrum.

The Alappuzha Backwater Trail and The Quintessential Villages

Alappuhza
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Alappuzha, the sacred shrine was the dwelling place of the famous Chavara dynasty. Here you will find temples created by the Chavara known as Chavara Bhavan. Another unique feature of this place is the ayurvedic medicine center, your ultimate gateway to natural cure. However, the real experience of Kerala lies in discovering the little villages along the trail from Kochi to Alappuzha. It takes about 2-3 days to trail the route. On the way, you can opt to stay at the Champakkulam village and cruise to the nearby Pulinkunnu village. These villages offer a wonderful opportunity to interact with the local folk – from the wood sculptors and snake boat racers of Champakkulam to the boat makers of Pulinkunnu. Here you will find a 700-year-old church in Champakkulam and a century-old temple in Pulinkunnu.

Tread Through the Tranquil Backwaters of Kovalam

Kovalam
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The actual Kovalam beach with the famous Amrita Puri Ashram lies a few kilometers away from the backwaters. The backwaters with its pleasant villages can be reached from Alappuzha through a cruise in few hours. The trail leads to the Alamkadavu village, one of the sought-after backwater villages in the northern region of Kollam. As you tread your way through narrow canals you will come across a serene lake prior entering the village. The village is bustling with local folks selling the famous produce of the land – cashewnut and prawns. Crossing over to opposite shore you will reach the Kovalam beach which hosts the Amrita Puri Ashram located at distance of 2 and half hours’ drive.

So, there you go the magnificent cruises in the Kanyakumari coastline. Pack your bags and unwind in god’s own country.